Hanover, IN—Hanover College Environmental Stewardship committee, in partnership with Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will screen the documentary film The Guardians on February 12 at 7:00 PM in Classic Hall, room 102. The Jefferson County Pollinator Action Group, Oak Heritage Conservancy, and the Pollinator Partnership also support this event. The event is open to the public. A visually dazzling meditation on the balance between humans and nature, The Guardians poetically interweaves the lives of the threatened monarch butterfly with an indigenous community fighting to restore the forest they nearly destroyed. Migrating 3,000 miles to hibernate in towering sacred firs, the monarch population faces collapse. In the valley below, the people of Donaciano Ojeda struggle to support their families in their ancestral lands now part of the protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Santos, a charismatic avocado farmer and Aristeo, a philosophical tree caretaker are the storytellers of the community as they confront internal divisions, illegal loggers and their own mortality. When the directors started filming The Guardians in 2014, the monarch population hit an all-time record low of 33 million, down from 1 billion just twenty years prior.Shot over three years, this cinematic journey through the butterfly dense mountaintops of Michoacan tells an intimate story of a unique community at the front lines of conservation.
“And I am delighted he did get out there, even though he maybe himself didn’t feel 100 per cent, because that means in future I will know I can trust him as an England player and he is not going to be playing when he feels like it – he is going to be playing when he’s fit to play.” Sturridge admitted to carrying the injury into the Germany match, but he was adamant that he would play. The striker has since come out and said he would never turn down the opportunity to play for his country. Hodgson insists England went through all the correct procedures in the run-up to the game against Germany. He says Sturridge’s thigh problem was not severe enough to keep him out of the running for the game. “He had scans and there was nothing on the scan,” Hodgson said. “I believe the injury that kept him out at the weekend was nothing to do with the injury he was complaining about after playing for Liverpool. “Daniel Sturridge is a guy that has burst onto the scene. We think he will be an interesting player, but of course I don’t have that many months ahead to really sort that out.” Sturridge’s bad luck with injuries has continued since as he has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with ligament damage to his left ankle. Hodgson is not concerned, however. “They are better getting injured now to be honest,” Hodgson said with a smile. If he maintains his current form, Sturridge will form one half of Hodgson’s strike force at the World Cup. Wayne Rooney will be the other component in the partnership. Rooney is playing some of the best football of his career at the moment. That is good news for Hodgson in one respect, but inevitably, the Three Lions boss will be concerned about the prospect of England’s leading talisman breaking down before a major tournament yet again. Manchester United manager David Moyes says he has no plans to rest Rooney, and Hodgson accepts he is powerless to prevent the player playing all the way through to May. “There is nothing I can do about it,” he said. “If you said to me you can tailor what they do (during the season), I would be delighted but I can’t. I have just got to hope for the best.” The FA and Mars aim to offer one million ‘Just Play’ opportunities over the next four years – for more information on Just Play in your area, search ‘Just Play’ online or visit www.facebook.com/marsbar. Sturridge had to start the Merseyside derby on the bench on November 23 because Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said the player was unfit following his appearance for England against Germany four days earlier. Rodgers said after the 3-3 draw: “Anyone who saw the game could tell he was not fit. Because he played 90 minutes, he couldn’t train because he has to recover.” Press Association Sturridge reported for England duty that week with a thigh injury and, even though he was left out of the team to face Chile, the striker played 90 minutes against the Germans. The weekend before the clash against Joachim Low’s side, Sturridge admitted he was carrying the injury but declared that he wanted to play at Wembley. Given that Hodgson has had such little time to have a look at Sturridge within the England fold because of previous injuries, he was desperate to start the player against Germany. The 66-year-old, who used to manage Liverpool, was therefore unrepentant over his actions, declaring that he had to field the player in order to test his desire to play for his country. The England manager said: “Dan has pulled out of a few matches with us for injury reasons. “The first game he played (against Ireland) he got injured. It was important for me to, if you like, test his resolve a little bit. “I suppose you could argue we did put his resolve a little bit to the test. “I might have been guilty of putting that resolve to the test, but I don’t apologise for it. England manager Roy Hodgson has no regrets over his decision to play Daniel Sturridge against Germany last month.
THE Smalta U-14 Indoor Hockey League continued with action last Friday at Marian Academy. The Marian Academy facility is the largest being used for the league and can accommodate two courts.In the Girls’ division, Marian Academy, with home court advantage defeated St Joseph 5-0 and Hikers 9-0. Sarah Klautky of the home team was the Smalta’s female top scorer of the day with a solid 5 goals in her two matches.The SHC Silencers and the SHC Sensations both secured victories over GCC teams. Mariah Seegobind of the Silencers continued her scoring streak this week by scoring all 4 goals for her team to guarantee their victory over the GCC Challengers.In the Boy’s division, St Joseph, despite being newcomers to the sport, remained undefeated after Friday’s games. Kalfanni Yan scored an early goal to secure their win over the HHC Hatchets, while the rest of the St Joseph team got in on the scoring action in their 8-1 win against Old Fort.The SHC Scalpels and SHC Scorchers continued where their female counterparts left off by defeating GCC War Dogs 11-0 and GCC Thunder Bolts 7-1.Despite these defeat, GCC Thunder Bolts’ Jason Gomes was the Smalta’s male top scorer of the day with 5 goals in their match against the GCC War Dogs.Games will continue this Friday, March 3 at St Stanislaus College from 16:00hrs to 19:00hrs.
Freshman midfielder Drew Conner, who hails from Cary, Ill., has started 16 of the Badgers’ 17 games this season and is one of 9 players on the team from Wisconsin’s neighbor to the south.[/media-credit]At the University of Wisconsin, recruiting is a funny thing. Men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan has had his greatest success siphoning a long list of Wisconsin players from Minnesota. Jon Leuer, Jordan Taylor, Jared Berggren, the list goes on. Football coach Bret Bielema has seen some of his best players emerge as walk-ons from in-state. J.J. Watt, Mark Tauscher, Luke Swan and Chris Maragos headline a similarly lengthy list.Men’s soccer on the other hand, presents a bit different of a story. This story surrounds Wisconsin’s neighbor to the south, the state of Illinois.A quick glance at the UW men’s soccer roster reveals players from all over the nation and even Ontario and Denmark. Nine players claim Illinois as home, the highest total of any state on the roster, tied for just as many as Wisconsin. David Caban could be considered a tenth, as he played academy soccer in Chicago.It’s easy to understand, the Illinois-Wisconsin border is less than 60 miles away from Madison. But a deeper look into those nine players shows just how important Illinois is to Wisconsin soccer.Five players have scored multiple goals for the Badgers this season – Chris Prince, Jerry Maddi, Jacob Brindle, Drew Conner and Nick Janus. All of them are from Illinois.Badgers from Illinois have scored two out of every three Wisconsin goals this season and have tallied 12 of the team’s 20 assists. Earlier in the season, only four players from Illinois started for the Badgers. Now six do. Indeed, for Wisconsin men’s soccer, Illinois is a pretty big deal.“I’ve said it to people, ‘Look at our starting lineup’,” head coach John Trask said. “I think seven of our eleven [have played in] the Chicago-land area, and some of our top reserves…They’re all important pieces of the team.”The stats don’t lie. Players from Illinois have logged 45 percent of the available minutes for the Badgers this year. They are represented as forwards, midfielders and defenders. The only position that Illinois doesn’t have a grasp of is goaltender.But it isn’t just a players-only thing. Illinois can even claim Trask as a one-time mainstay.Before becoming UW’s head coach in 2010, Trask was the head coach at Illinois-Chicago for five seasons, winning the Horizon League in 2006 and 2008. Trask was also an assistant coach at Indiana University for nine seasons from 1991 to 1999, noting that he recruited the region for a long time, and with much success.“We are very close with the three [major soccer] clubs in the area…I’ve known the guys that run those clubs for a very long time,” Trask said. “We used to recruit [the area] a lot while I was at Indiana, at UIC I recruited a lot…it makes sense to go after the Drew Conner’s of the world.”Conner, a freshman midfielder, is just the latest installment of success to arrive in Madison from Illinois. The Gatorade Player of the Year from Illinois a year ago, Conner grew up in Cary, Ill., and played for the Chicago Fire Youth Soccer Academy.Junior Nick Janus is just 10 miles down the road in Deer Park, Ill., and junior Trevor Wheeler, another midfielder and Chicago Fire alum, calls Arlington Heights, Ill. home, just five miles south of Janus.Kyle McCrudden, senior captain and former Chicago Fire member, lives just 15 miles east of Wheeler while Prince, Maddi, and Brindle all reside another 15 miles south in the Naperville, Ill. region. All three are also former members of the Chicago Fire.Chicago and Illinois have become a pipeline for Wisconsin soccer. Each connection from the region selecting Wisconsin solidifies the thoughts of any others thinking on the brink.“The fact that this coaching staff is attracting high quality players from Chicago was something that I was interested in,” Conner said. “It was nice knowing three or four guys that I had played with made it a lot easier to adjust to the new team.”The group from south of Wisconsin is many times singled out in practice for being just that, Illinois citizens. When Trask and his coaching staff line up drills in practice, one of the easiest ways to split the teams up seems to be where they all originally came from.“We do activities where we call them the FIB’ers – you know – the Illinois bastards against the other guys,” Trask said. “We ham that up but we think it’s a good situation.”The rivalry is clearly an amusing one for the coaching staff. Its frequent use in practice separates the squad, along with their loyalties to professional football teams.“Especially this season, we’ve been giving [Ryan] Buda some dirt about the Packers at the beginning of the season,” Prince said. “But it goes back and forth…I know we enjoy it.”At the end of the day, however, very little could separate this team – not even home states or NFL allegiances.As practice closed Tuesday, McCrudden, the Wilmette-native (just 20 miles north of Soldier Field), launched a 40-yard pass to Buda, a native of Stevens Point, Wis., which barely floated over the outstretched fingers of Prince, a noted Chicago Bears fan.A Chicago suburb citizen, throwing to a Packers fan, beating a Bears fan. Now that’s something any state can enjoy.